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Milk substitutes

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Created November 19, 2012 at 8:23 AM

So, what's the word on flax milk?

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on November 19, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I'll make an exception for coconut milk, even if it is juice.

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on November 19, 2012
at 06:53 PM

If it doesn't come from a mammal, it's not milk. There is no soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk or flax milk. Let's call it what it is: Juice. Flax juice. Just the thought of it makes me want to barf.

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at 06:51 PM

GACK! comes to mind.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on November 19, 2012
at 11:43 AM

There are a few of them, but my favorite is either a very smooth coconut milk - sadly these are only available canned, and usually have BPA or preservative worries, or using grassfed butter, or using coconut cream.

Another is mixing coconut cream with either hot water (it only lasts about 2-3 days in the fridge before turning sour), or stabilizing it by mixing it with coconut oil. I do the latter quite often. I take one of these packs, and put it in warm water so it softens up - you can also squish it by hand until it's a bit smoother. Then I melt some cocout oil in a glass jar, open the plastic pouch of the coconut cream and mix together for a long time with a whisk. You can also microwave it a bit to heat it up faster. This mixture lasts for months if kept cold. You scoop out a chunk of it and mix it into coffee.

Flax is problematic for humans as it is very expensive for our liver to convert the plant n3's into DHA/EPA - in some people this process is broken, and for most, only a small amount is converted. Flax is more suited for feeding to chickens so their livers are sacrificed in creating somewhat worthless "Omega 3 eggs." It's also not really a good paleo food.

Another thing you can use, if you're doing it for coffee is to make bulletproof coffee - the grassfed butter and coconut/MCT oil, when blended turns very much like milk and it's very tasty. There's no oil slicks (but you have to blend it in a blender or use a whisk.) (Think of it this way, if you churn up heavy cream, you're making butter, so there's not much difference between butter and cream, so it's just like adding heavy cream.)

I've tried commercial almond and even coconut milks - from the same companies that make soy milk in a milk carton with fancy names, but they use carragean gum which is a suspected carcinogen, or other offensive thickeners.

I've tried making my own almond milk, but even though I followed the recipe exactly, I felt terrible after consuming it, got headaches and body aches. Probably not a good thing to do, as it's the equivalent of soaking beans to get the toxins out of them and then drinking the toxin filled water. There are still phytates in almonds, which if you soak, you'll release them. Possibly I'd have to sprout the seeds first, and then roast them, and then use water to get at the "milk." In the end, I'll stick to bulletproof coffee and coconut milk/butter.

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on November 19, 2012
at 04:57 PM

Here's some recipes for home made nut milks. I know it's not strictly paleo but I often use Cashew cream in applications where the flavor of coconut milk is too overwhelming.

http://nourishedkitchen.com/how-to-make-coconut-milk/ (You can also soak dessicated/dry coconut flakes and make it the same way)

http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/recipes/homemade-cashew-milk-recipe/ (I soak the cashews overnight, it seems to work better but if you have a vitamix or blendtec you probably won't need to do it)

http://everydaypaleo.com/2012/07/11/homemade-almond-milk/

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on November 19, 2012
at 09:37 AM

Coconut milk in coffee or anything else is awesome :)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on November 19, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I'll make an exception for coconut milk, even if it is juice.

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on November 19, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Why searching for milk? Make your own water kefir, use it for smoothies... Perfect!

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on November 19, 2012
at 04:08 PM

I love almond milk

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on November 19, 2012
at 02:10 PM

My preference:

  1. Raw Milk
  2. Whole Milk
  3. Coconut Milk
  4. Almond Milk

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on November 19, 2012
at 01:13 PM

almond milk is awsome

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on November 19, 2012
at 12:08 PM

If animal milk isn't completely out, you can try Goat Milk. I have found I prefer it to cow milk, and I have less issues with it.

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